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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Find answers to frequently asked questions below.
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Can I change from one English course to another at CET?

You can change English courses after you start. Talk to the Education Manager if you want to change. See pathways for a diagram of courses offered.

How much money do I need to live and study in Sydney?

Detailed information about the estimated living costs in Sydney is available on the University website.

For the cost of study at CET, see the web page for your chosen English course.

How can I pay my fees?

You can pay CET by credit card (Mastercard / Visa), by AUD$ bank draft, or by telegraphic transfer. Your offer letter will explain how to make your payment.

Can I get a scholarship or financial assistance to study English?

CET offers a number of scholarships to help offset the cost of your English study. If you would like information about scholarships for studying a degree course at the University, please review the Scholarship and Financial Support Service website.

What is your refund policy?

Please review the terms and conditions.


How do I find accommodation?

Accommodation can be arranged by our preferred providers who can help you find a homestay, homeshare, an apartment or room. They can also arrange temporary accommodation in a hotel when you first arrive in Sydney. All accommodation is off-campus but will be close to CET. Accommodation on campus is not available for English students. For more information on accommodation, see the accommodation section of the website.


How many weeks can I study English at CET?

The shortest time you can study is for two weeks. You can study for up to 50 weeks in a year. See term dates for more information.

How many weeks of English study do I need?

The number of weeks you need depends on your current level of English, the level you wish to reach and how quickly you progress. You may wish to learn English for further study, for an exam, for professional development, for work or for travel. We will assess your application and advise you on which English course you need.

What is the difference between Academic English courses and General English?

Academic English courses are designed to help you succeed in university or other tertiary studies: at The University of Sydney, another university, a TAFE institution or a business college. For more information, see Academic English courses.

General English aims to give you confidence to live and work in the English-speaking world. These courses also prepare you for Academic Language programs. The Cambridge certificates (FCE & CAE) focus on English as it is used in today's global environment.

For more information on our courses and dates follow the links below:

Health care

What happens if I get sick?

The Australian government requires all holders of student visas to pay for health insurance in Australia through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Scheme. This scheme is administered by OSHC Worldcare. You are insured for basic medical and hospital cover.

Health care will be arranged for students who have received a conditional offer from CET. You will be able to collect your Worldcare Assist health card from reception after you arrive at CET.

You can also visit The University of Sydney's Health Service website for more information.


Which English test should I take?

The English test you take will usually depend on what you would like to do when you finish English. If you wish to continue with formal studies or if you wish to use English for career reasons, please visit our Test Centre website.

Work rights

What sort of visa do I need to study English at CET?

You can study for up 12 weeks if you have a tourist visa or for up to 17 weeks on a working holiday visa. For longer study, you need a student visa.

Can I work while I am studying at CET?

You can work part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight while you study if you have a student visa. You need to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a work permit after you arrive in Sydney. On a working holiday visa you can work part-time or full-time for up to 6 months with the same employer.